After a day in Bermuda’s capital of Hamilton, the next morning we took a 30 minute, $40 USD cab ride to Bermuda’s other city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, St. George.
We started off in King’s Square, the town’s center.
The old, central Town Hall stands prominently in the square.
You can even sit in the mayor’s chair:
South of King’s Square over Market Wharf is Ordinance Island, housing the replica of the British ship that discovered Bermuda, Deliverance.
On the other side of the island is peculiar Sir George Somers Statue, who first discovered St. George:
Head west along Water Street and you’ll pass by the Old Carriage House and Tucker House Museum, one of the oldest buildings on the island:
Head west even further and take the southwest path at the fork and you can enjoy an hour ($5 USD admission) at the World Heritage Center, a well-curated museum that describes the history of St. George and the rest of Bermuda, while apparently also justifying St. George’s designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
From there, head northeast along (Duke of) York Street back to the city center. Across the street from the Bermuda National Trust Museum is arguably the “oldest church in the Western Hemisphere”, St. Peter’s Church.
Behind the church is an old, well-preserved historic cemetery and its fallen Cedar Tree:
1-2 blocks east of the church lies the former living quarters of the Governor, the Bridge House.
Up the road a few feet east of The Bridge House stands the old State House.
From here, head north through Somers Garden:
Walk more north along the (Duke Of) Kent Street and you’ll reach the Unfinished Church. This structure was meant to replace St. Peters Church until the congregation got politically (or spiritually, depending on how you look at things) divided and the money ran out.
Walk north around the church along Government Hill Road and up the hill for about 10 minutes and you’ll eventually reach beautiful and empty Tobacco Bay:
And about another 5-6 minute walk from Tobacco Bay is Fort St. Catherine, where my partner Mel ended up taking photos for me. Unfortunately, unlike Fort Hamilton yesterday, Fort St. Catherine is actually really closed on the weekends.
Thanks Mel! I unfortunately had to dip out at this point as a kindly Bermudan-Jamaican guy named Rowan ad his daughter Malala offered to drive me to the airport for free (it otherwise would’ve been another $20 USD).
Given that I had only an hour left before my flight was to depart and I had yet to check in, I took Rowan up on his offer where he and his daughter ended up charming me during the 15 minute drive. The kindness of islander strangers driving me to airports remains — see you in New York Rowan!
And with Rowan’s help, I leisurely made my way through US pre-clearance and customs to board my 3:40pm American Airlines flight back to NYC, where I was due to report to work on the graveyard shift.
But to top this all off, immediately after landing at JFK Airport and bags still in tow, I was lucky to reunite with Ruchika and Alana (2 monsooners from my Winter 2012-2013 Chernobyl/Ukraine/Poland trip) and Lisa (who almost exactly replicated my SE Asia itinerary from 2010, also with Ruchika, Alana, and their other friend Elizabeth) at their joint birthday party in Brooklyn.
This unplanned reunion and ensuing conversations recalling our times together on the road turned into a predestined reminder of how one’s personal wanderlust could impact others — friends of strangers — also to take action and travel. Thus lurking beneath our endless laughter and underlying nostalgia, in the air emerged a quiet awareness of why we do what we do, even if we had no idea why we were doing it in the first place.
With that dot on the proverbial exclamation point, I’ve finally hit 100 countries during 4 years of medical school and 2 years of residency! But the adventure doesn’t stop here. . . .
- At time of posting in St. George, Bermuda, it was 21 °C - Humidity: 60% | Wind Speed: 6km/hr | Cloud Cover: partly cloudy